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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Hockey world waits on Parise, Suter

By Pierre LeBrun

UPDATE: Ryan Suter's agent, Neil Sheehy, told via email at 5:47 p.m. ET, "No decision today from Ryan Suter."

Neither Sheehy nor the Detroit Red Wings would comment on or confirm the Detroit News report that Wings GM Ken Holland flew to Madison, Wis., to meet with Suter in person.

Meanwhile, Wade Arnott, agent for Zach Parise, told at 6 p.m. ET that it was unlikely a decision would be made Tuesday night, although he didn't totally close the door on it.

The wait continued Tuesday morning, as Zach Parise and Ryan Suter contemplated the biggest decisions of their hockey lives.

Parise was slated to fly back to his native Minnesota on Tuesday, and it wasn’t clear when he’d have a decision made, although a source close to him thought sometime Tuesday was a probability.

Likewise, Suter remained undecided.

"When a young man is asked to commit for 13 years, why is it considered extraordinary to take a few days to make a decision? A deal will happen when it happens," Suter’s agent Neil Sheehy told via email Tuesday morning.

While the hockey world waits on Parise and Suter, other unrestricted free agents also wait. Matt Carle is the top UFA defenseman after Suter, and you have to think it won’t take long after Suter signs for Carle to also agree to terms with one of the teams that swung and missed on Suter.

I like Carle a lot as a player. He’s going to be a terrific consolation prize for a Suter suitor. And so, the Carle camp sits and waits.

"Patience is a critical component of this process, and we have plenty of it," Carle’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, told via email Tuesday morning.

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